Canada beat Russia 49-24 in Tbilisi, Georgia to claim fifth spot at the Junior World Rugby Trophy on Sunday.
|A Canada U20 player stretches for the line in their match against Russia.|
Alberta's Jeff Hassler continued to be the form player for Canada, scoring three tries on the day and seven for the tournament.
Canada's scoring started in the second minute with an intercept by fly-half, Cowichan, B.C.'s Carlin Hamstra, who read a long Russian pass and went untouched under the posts from 25 meters.
Canadian Captain Tyler Ardron then crossed over two minutes later and it appeared the rout was on with Canada leading 14-0 after just three minutes.
Russia responded with a try in the sixth minute but second row Cameron Pierce (Kelowna) touched down for his second score of the tournament to increase the Canadian lead to 21-7 after 20 minutes.
Scrum-half Lucien Nel then found himself weaving through Russian defenders before offloading to a trailing Hamstra, who scored his second of the first half and Canada led by 26-7.
Hassler then scored at the half-hour mark, powering through on a strong finishing run, making the score 31-7 in Canada's favor.
Liam Underwood then hit a penalty kick from 25 meters giving Canada a 34-7 buffer with 36 minutes gone.
Hassler then worked his away across for his second of the half and with the extras from Underwood it appeared it was going to be a very long day for the Russians with the half time score reading 41-7.
Full credit to Russia as it appeared the interval allowed for some re-setting and composure, with a try within a couple of minutes of the restart giving some hope to their cause. Russia now had 12 points to Canada's 41.
Underwood pushed the Canadian score upward once more with a penalty kick from 35 meters out, Canada 44 to Russia 12.
Russia scored another try through some deft running and off-loads, but in the 61st minute Hassler saw the ball right on the Russia tryline, touched down an instant before it was kicked away by a Russian foot and he had notched Canada's seventh try of the match.
Russia then got into card trouble with USA referee Tim Liscomb as two yellow cards within five minutes saw Canada up 15 on 13. The first was for interference on Tyler Ardron who was trying to get the ball for a quick restart, and was tackled, knocking the big forward into the referee. Canada's Brandon Tennant, however, was then shown the gate for 10 minutes for some cynical play at the breakdown but Canada could not convert the advantage into points in the final 10 minutes.
In fact it was Russia, still short handed by one, that saw their hooker Stanislav Sel'skiy decrease the deficit to 49-24 with only a few minutes left on the clock.
That would be the final points of the match, Canada finishing the tournament with a 2-2 record and fifth place finish, an improvement on the 2010 tournament that saw a lone Canada win.
Canada Results at JWRT
Canada 9 Georgia 38 - May 24th
Japan 30 Canada 15 - May 28th
Zimbabwe 23 Canada 49 - June 1st
Russia 24 Canada 49 - June 5th
Tries: Carlin Hamstra 2, Tyler Ardron, Cameron Pierce, Jeff Hassler 3
Conversions: Liam Underwood 3, Carlin Hamstra
Penalties: Liam Underwood 2,
Canada team vs. Russia
1. Scott Macleod - Cowichan RFC (Cowichan, BC)
2. Andrew Cho - Calgary Saracens RFC /University of Calgary (Calgary, AB)
3. Brandon Tennant - Montreal Irish, (Montreal, PQ)
4. Scott MacDonald - Oshawa Vikings RFC (Oshawa, ON)
5. Cameron Pierce - Kelowna Crows / University of Victoria (Kelowna, BC)
6. Evan Olmstead - Capilano RFC (West Vancouver, BC)
7. Matt Kelly - Toronto Scottish RFC / Queen's University (Toronto, ON)
8. Tyler Ardron - Brantford RFC / McMaster University (Brantford, ON)
9. Lucien Nel - Cowichan RFC / University of Victoria (Cowichan, BC) for Ferguson (48 mins)
10. Carlin Hamstra - Cowichan RFC / University of British Columbia (Cowichan, BC)
11. Jeff Hassler - Foothills Lions RFC /University of Saskatchewan (Calgary, AB)
12. Patrick Parfrey - Swilers RFC / Memorial University of Newfoundland (St. John's, NFLD)
13. Michael Fuailefau - Castaway Wanderers RFC / University of Victoria (Victoria, BC)
14. Kurtis Appeldoorn - Abbotsford RFC / University of Fraser Valley (Abbottsford, BC)
15. Liam Underwood Balmy Beach RFC / Queen's University (Toronto, ON)
16. Casey Cavers - Cowichan RFC / University of Victoria (Cowichan, BC) for Cho (63 mins)
17. Jordan Power - Dogs RFC / Memorial University of Newfoundland (St. John's, NFLD) for Pierce (73 mins) - Pierce returns for Power 79th min Blood
18. John Humphries Castaway Wanderers / Western University (Victoria, BC) for MacDonald (41 mins)
19. Cameron Stones Ajax Wanderers RFC / McMaster University (Ajax, ON) for Olmstead (69 mins)
20. Dustin Dobravsky - Shawnigan Lake School /University of Victoria (Regina, SK) for Kelly (75 mins)
21. Andrew Ferguson - Oakville Crusaders RFC /McMaster University (Oakville, ON) for Nel (75 mins)
22. Dylan Mundy Oshawa Vikings RFC / Brock University (Oshawa, ON) for Underwood (48 min)